Meeting 3 - January 13, 2021 - 5:15-7:15
In attendance: Dr. Aaron Johnson, AJ Gorenflo, Ali Sullivan, Dave Richardson, Ashley Ko, Ben Lantz, Marci Perthes, Diane Burden, Kathleen Schneider, Heidi Maltby-Skodack , Joe Esper, Amber Ochoa, Marshall Collins, Shaina Biller, Andrew Phillips
5:15 Review from last meeting/meet new members
Joined by Ashley Ko (alumni) and Dr. Aaron Johnson - Ashley started a petition to compel TCAPS to do some equity work. Also is working on graduate studies in a related field.
LGBTQ+ Resource - M. Perthes
Marci shared with us that Autumn from Justice Leaders Collaborative met with some members of their GSA and gave good advice on equity issues as they relate to gender identity and sexual orientation. Our group is looking to be partnering with JLC soon as well.
Coaching Training Update - ISD Andy met with Brian Lampman from
5:25 Equity Definition - Small Group Talk/Share Out
Broke up into groups to discuss and further the journey toward a definition of equity. Progress made. Will revisit next meeting.
5:45 Dr. Aaron Johnson
Wanted to dismantle systems built that might hold students back for reasons other than merit. Grew up in Detroit, went to school K-12, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate from Wayne State Aaron wanted students to have the same experience that he had. Aaron had a really good education in DPS.
Tells us that he’s studying MLK now, and that he was surprised to know that MLK used the term equity starting in the 50s.
Career in education culminated with being an assistant sup for curriculum instruction, inclusion, equity, etc.
“We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” - Ron Edmonds - Aaron asked us to pick a word or two that resonates with us.
Aaron asked us, “What is the story you want to tell about how you are feeling at this moment in America’s racial history?” Many mention insurrections at the Capitol and the impact that this has had.
Kids are watching. They are looking for answers.
Aaron notes that equity work comes without much fanfare. You’re challenging a system. Highlighted some accomplishments within his school career … designed and facilitate
Anti-Racism workshop, led sessions on the movie 13th, bought classroom libraries that were culturally responsive
Notes that he met with people that were enthusiastic about this work. Met with other people that felt that he was stirring the pot…
Also stopped honors tracking.
Compels us to fall back on our why